Christian Scholarship Doesn’t Have to be About Christianity

Excellence:  The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue, by Andreas J. Kostenberger By Justin Hawkins Andreas J. Kostenberger’s position at the top of evangelical Biblical scholarship affords him a particularly privileged vantage point to comment on the challenges and joys of the Christian scholarly task.  Yet his Excellence: The Character of God [Read More...]

Screwtape Redux

Review of Operation Screwtape by Andrew Farley By COYLE NEAL This book probably needs no summarization. If you are any kind of literate Christian, you’ve probably been at least indirectly exposed to C.S. Lewis’ masterpiece The Screwtape Letters. Andrew Farley has updated Lewis’ work to meet the needs of the 21st century by providing this [Read More...]

Middle Earth is Inherited by the Meek

A Review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Directed by Peter Jackson By KENDRICK KUO After hearing the good reviews, including our very own Paul Miller’s take on the film, I decided to watch The Hobbit on New Year’s Day. There are many ways to review a film adaptation of a book—fidelity to the book’s [Read More...]

Kafka’s World Without Grace

Review of The Trial, by Franz Kafka By PAUL D. MILLER A hundred years ago, a German-speaking Czech insurance salesman—and a secular Jew—wrote three incomplete novels and a handful of short stories and died young. His reputation soared among literati, who speak of this man—Franz Kafka—in the hushed, awed tones reserved for the great and [Read More...]

Smart Christians

Review of Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind by Mark Noll By PAUL D. MILLER I previously blogged sympathetically about Mark Noll’s indictment of evangelical stupidity in his book The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. That post spurred a bit of debate (see my friend Owen Strachan’s response, and Carson Clark’s response to Owen).  [Read More...]

Not Fade Away and the Limits of Nostalgia

A review of David Chase’s Not Fade Away By Christian Hamaker As a young boy, radio and records were my best friends. We lived in a split-level home inBurke,Va.—not the bustling Fairfax Country suburb of today, but a new development in the early 1970s. A 7-Eleven, a Peoples Drug store and High’s convenience store were [Read More...]

Justice at Zero Dark Thirty

An Army veteran and former CIA spook appreciates Zero Dark Thirty. For him, it’s all too real. [Read more...]

Reforming Hollywood: The Ups and Downs of Protestant Film Engagement

Review of Reforming Hollywood: How American Protestants Fought for Freedom at the Movies by William D. Romanowski By CHRISTIAN HAMAKER As religious film criticism has carved out a niche in the broader world of the arts the past two decades, so has the literature on Christian film criticism and involvement. One of the better writers on [Read More...]

Finding Your Soul-Mate

Review of The Sacred Search: What If It’s Not About Who You Marry, but Why?, by Gary Thomas By ALEXIS NEAL I’ve read a lot of marriage books. Not all of them, mind you, or even most of them. But as someone who tends to believe that there is no obstacle you can’t study your [Read More...]

Rust and Bone: A Slow Awakening to Love

Review of Rust and Bone, Directed by Jacques Audiard By CHRISTIAN HAMAKER Pity the critic who can’t make heads or tails of what he’s just seen. Readers, who look to him for guidance, will surely be disappointed when he frankly admits he’s not sure about the merits of a particular film. That’s the case with [Read More...]

Josh Garrels Speaks of God

Review of The Sea In Between, a Mason Jar Music Film By KENDRICK KUO Josh Garrels has become a hit at my church, and I count myself among the smitten. Mason Jar Music (the producer) screened the music documentary The Sea In Between at each stop of Garrels’s Northeast tour. The tour ended in Washington, [Read More...]

Stupid Christians

Review of The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind by Mark Noll By PAUL D. MILLER Have you ever noticed the prominence of Catholics among American public intellectuals? George Weigel, Peggy Noonan, Robert P. George, Richard John Neuhaus, Ramesh Ponnuru, William F. Buckley, Jr., Russell Kirk, Hadley Arkes, Michael Novak, and others make up a growing body [Read More...]

Pride and Prejudice and Blitzkrieg: Tolstoy’s War and Peace

Review of War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy By PAUL D. MILLER War and Peace is five hundred and sixty thousand words long. It is more than twice as long as Moby Dick, almost triple the length of Jane Eyre, more than quadruple Augustine’s Confessions. It is one great pulsating mass of text, a grey rising [Read More...]

Christian Hamaker’s Top 20 Films of 2012

By CHRISTIAN HAMAKER The year started slowly at the cinema, but it delivered so strongly in the final few months that the dreary first two-thirds of the year are easily forgivable in retrospect. Here’s a list of the 20 best films I saw this year, tilted decidedly toward the latter months of 2012. 20. Flight: [Read More...]


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